The Ultimate Motown Christmas Collection

The Ultimate Motown Christmas Collection


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Berry Gordy was more than just a visionary label owner, he was also an astute businessman who studied and understood how the pop charts worked, and his stable of songwriters, arrangers, musicians, and singers all worked toward the same aim of refining R&B and soul music into a pop product that appealed across race, gender, and generational lines. And Gordy knew -- although the radio play and sales period was extremely brief -- that nothing endured more than a good Christmas record, which could regenerate sales each and every year when the holiday season rolled around again. It should come as no surprise, then, that Motown issued a sizable amount of seasonal material, and as this two-disc, 51-track collection shows, a lot of it was done at a high level of quality. There are simply some wonderful Christmas sides here, including the Jackson 5's buoyant "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," the Temptations' delightfully rendered "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," the Funk Brothers' surging and joyous instrumental take on "Winter Wonderland," Smokey Robinson's hopeful "Christmas Everyday," the Four Tops' lightly funky "Merry Christmas Baby," and a pair of odd but beautiful Marvin Gaye pieces, "Christmas in the City" and the achingly perfect "I Want to Come Home for Christmas." It's nice to have all of these together in one collection. Oh, and you can dance to it, too.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/2009
Label: Motown
UPC: 0602527176420
catalogNumber: 001338302


Disc 1

  1. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  2. What Christmas Means to Me
  3. Season's Greetings from Eddie Kendricks
  4. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  5. Season's Greetings from the Supremes
  6. My Favorite Things
  7. Deck the Halls/Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabelle
  8. Ave Maria
  9. Season's Greeting from Thelma Houston
  10. Joy to the World
  11. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  12. Silver Bells
  13. Someday at Christmas
  14. Season's Greetings from Jr. Walker
  15. Winter Wonderland
  16. Jingle Bells
  17. Season's Greetings from the Commodores
  18. My Christmas Tree
  19. White Christmas
  20. Season's Greetings from the Velvelettes
  21. Merry Christmas Baby
  22. Give Love on Christmas Day
  23. Christmas in the City
  24. Season's Greetings from the Temptations
  25. Silent Night

Disc 2

  1. Season's Greetings from Smokey Robinson
  2. The Christmas Song
  3. Children's Christmas Song
  4. Season's Greetings from David Ruffin
  5. The Little Drummer Boy
  6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  7. Season's Greetings from the Four Tops
  8. Christmas Here with You
  9. This Christmas
  10. Season's Greetings from Willie Hutch
  11. Christmas Cheer
  12. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  13. Season's Greetings from the Spinners
  14. Christmas Everyday
  15. One Little Christmas Tree
  16. Season's Greetings from Martha & The Vandellas
  17. Noel
  18. Purple Snowflakes
  19. Season's Greetings from the Elgins
  20. Wish You a Merry Christmas
  21. It's Christmas Time
  22. Season's Greetings from Shorty Long
  23. Xmas Twist
  24. I Want to Come Home for Christmas
  25. Season's Greetings from Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  26. A Child Is Waiting

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gil Askey   Conductor

Technical Credits

Franz Schubert   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Boyz II Men   Producer
Marvin Gaye   Composer,Producer
Donny Hathaway   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Producer
Diana Ross   Producer
Kim Weston   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Dave Hamilton   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Barrett Strong   Producer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Joe Hinton   Composer
Wade Marcus   Arranger
Brian McKnight   Composer,Producer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Gil Askey   Arranger,Producer
Dallas Austin   Composer,Producer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Johnny Bristol   Producer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Henry Cosby   Producer
Hal Davis   Arranger,Producer,Adaptation
Katherine K. Davis   Composer
Harvey Fuqua   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Adaptation
Anna Gordy Gaye   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer,Producer
George Gordy   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Joyce "Fenderella" Irby   Composer
Terry Johnson   Producer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Clay McMurray   Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Producer
Wanya Morris   Composer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Clarence Paul   Composer,Producer
Lawrence Payton   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Freddie Perren   Composer
Deke Richards   Composer
Jimmy Roach   Arranger,Producer,Adaptation
George Roundtree   Composer
Willie Shorter   Arranger
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer,Producer
Levi Stubbs   Arranger,Producer
Bobby Taylor   Producer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
Zack Vaz   Producer
Norman Whitfield   Producer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Syreeta Wright   Composer
Ron Miller   Composer
William Robinson   Composer
Dick Smith   Composer
Allen Story   Composer
Barney Ales   Composer
Nadine McKinnor   Composer
Fred Bridges   Composer
Bryan Wells   Composer
George Rountree   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Patti Jerome   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
James Carmichael   Arranger
Forrest Hairston   Composer
Isabelle Freeman   Composer
Tommie Connor   Composer
Marc Gordon   Arranger,Producer,Adaptation

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